One of the best people I've made contact with and have had a fair few jars with over the last couple of years is our Mill Hill expert Richard Wilkinson. Last we he posted a brilliant quiz, which got a massive respons. It is the second most read blog on this site in the last month. What is even better is it has got some great engagements, unearthing more interesting nuggets. This reply from Denis H was a classic example. Denis was kind enough to post a link
Great quiz, only a few right but great reading through the answers, I'll look out for these things next time. ps, Patrick McGoohan one of my fav actors, never knew he was a Mill Hill man. pps Old Post Office featured in 1967 film 'Skybike' (Caps 7 and 11) https://t.co/doJ0oADo6t— Denis H (@JoeMeekSociety) May 6, 2020
I had a look at the page and there are some great shots uploaded of Mill Hill. I would really recommend a look at this site. The shots of the Old Post Office and Milespit Hill are rather wonderful
|Click to go to Reel Streets site|
Another account I have come across, and I now consider the author to be a friend is the rather wonderful @Time_NW account, which is the work of Mark Amies. This week he published a rather good series of tweets about the now demolished and much mussed Leather Bottle pub in Edgware.
(2/10) Leather bottles go back to ancient times. The pub name connection may be horse-driven traffic, with beer decanted into leather bootles for the trip Northwards.— NW London TimeMachine (@time_nw) May 5, 2020
I found a good @EnglishHeritage article here https://t.co/PzV1kpDNFo
Christie's image pic.twitter.com/KBJGKlmzoh
(4/10) By the 1920s things have improved roadwise, and we can see a brewey name (Bennetts).— NW London TimeMachine (@time_nw) May 5, 2020
Image from Rocky Media Archives, thanks to @inalexworld pic.twitter.com/N2UYPfUgRt
(6/10) We jump to the late 1960s, the the pub's owner, Watney Mann have made some big changes, turning it into one of the early 'Schooner Inns' - a mix of pub and steak house. An elaborate winged entrace has been added.— NW London TimeMachine (@time_nw) May 5, 2020
Image by @memorieshendon pic.twitter.com/hrokToVMSJ
(8/10) By 1984 The Leather Bottle had a new owner. Here we see the grand reopening, and it seems the 1960s entrance was skipped.— NW London TimeMachine (@time_nw) May 5, 2020
Image by @memorieshendon pic.twitter.com/MmGRQCb09U
Now one interesting thing that you can do, is when you find out two such interesting pieces of information, you can cross reference them. As Mark's research indicated that the Leather Bottle had been used as a location in Kubricks Clockwork Orange, I thought I'd check up Reelstreets. I was fascinated to find that The Edgwarebury Hotel was a major location. It made me laugh as it was the venue of choice when we used to take my mother in law out for dinner. Have a look - https://www.reelstreets.com/films/clockwork-orange-a/(10/10) Finally an opportunity to see what replaced the Leather Bottle, a set of apartments, that make a tiny gesture to the original incarnation of the pub.— NW London TimeMachine (@time_nw) May 5, 2020
That lot was for @inalexworld - hope you liked it Alex! pic.twitter.com/d5XofNyVac
When people say "I don't do social media" or "There's nothing of interest on Twitter" they clearly don't really know what they are talking about. There is loads of great content out there, it is just sad that a few shouty individuals sometime make a bit too much noise. My advice is to block them and simply follow people who have something sensible to post.
It is amazing what you can find out about your locality!